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Texas Physics Consortium


Texas Physics Consortium (TPC) is a group of Physics Departments that pool faculty expertise and institutional resources to provide access to quality upper-level undergraduate and graduate physics courses.  The TPC use of pooled resources provides their students with the wide range of upper level physics courses usually available at only large institutions while maintaining the intimate student-faculty interaction of a small department. The Joint BS Physics Degree is a single curriculum jointly administered by all full member institutions of the Texas Physics Consortium and overseen by the Texas Physics Consortium Council of Dean's under authority of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. All institutions in the TPC are SACS accredited and the Joint BS Degree is a Joint Venture under the rules of SACS.

Students can pursue the Joint Physics degree by registering as a physics major at any member institution and can transfer between member institutions and still obtained the degree. As a SACS Joint Venture, all full member institutions in the TPC jointly award the student's diploma upon successful completion of the program.   

Administrative Forms - MOU

The basic administrative structure of the Texas Physics Consortium  is defined by a signed Memorandum of Understanding between the member institutions. This MOU details how money is transferred and courses are offered. The implementation of the MOU and assessment of the Joint Degree is carried out using procedures developed by the faculty of the Texas Physics Consortium and approved by a Council composed of the Deans of the member institutions.

Joint Degree Requirements ( 120 Hours)

I. Required Physics Courses - 40 hours

1. University Physics I - 4 hrs 2. University Physics II - 4 hrs 3. Modern Physics - 3 hrs
4. Mechanics - 3 hrs 5. Electromagnetism - 3 hrs 6. Thermodynamics - 3 hrs
7. Advanced Lab - 3 hrs 8. Quantum - 3 hrs 9. Nuclear - 3 hrs
10. Physics Research Project - 1 hr 11. Physics Research Seminar - 1 hr 12. TPC Adv. Physics Electives - 6 hrs
13. Math Methods for Physicists - 3 hrs

II. Required Math & Computer Science Courses - 18 hours

1. Calculus I - 4 hrs 2. Calculus II - 4 hrs 3. Calculus III- 4 hrs
4. Differential Equations - 3 hrs 5. Computer Science - 3 hrs

III. Support Field/Minor (Chosen With Advisor Based Upon Student's career Goals) - 18 hours

IV. Remaining General Education Core Classes & Electives - 44 HOURS